“All new parents contemplating in-home care will think The Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer is a godsend. It offers good sense, reassuring advice, and detailed instructions on how to find and keep a good nanny—probably the most important decision you will make in your child’s early life.”

—Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of The Idea That is America, CEO of New America, Professor Emerita at Princeton University, and former Director of Policy Planning at the US Department of State

“Seeking a nanny who will be in sync with your family and lifestyle?  Here's how.  Your children - and their developing brains and bodies - will thank you for heeding this book's excellent advice." 

—Carol S. Kranowitz, M.A., author of The Out of Sync Child


“Gold's examples and crisp narrative gives readers one-stop shopping for nanny know-how. A required purchase.  Well done." 

—Library Journal 


“Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer is a godsend for parents looking for a caregiver who not only tends to their child's basic needs, but nurtures the whole child - mind, body and spirit." 

—Patricia Gale, The Seattle Post Intelligencer

“Parents setting out on the nanny quest will surely benefit from this practical handbook." 

—Publisher's Weekly

“In addition to saving hours and energy, Parents will also discover as much about parenting as they will about finding a nanny.  This book is chock-full of parenting gems about children's developmental stages, ways to nurture and stimulate the child, and essential strategies for maintaining harmonious and high-functioning parent-child-caregiver relationships.  This book is a must read for parents who want to create a happier, healthier and safer childcare experience for their child."  

—Books on the Move


The decision to hire a nanny or babysitter is a daunting task for any parent. Known to her clients as "The Nanny Whisperer," parenting coach and therapist Tammy Gold reveals her secrets for finding, training and managing the ideal caregiver and achieving the top-notch childcare that every family deserves. Combining Gold’s years of experience helping parents and nannies with the latest research on child development, Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer reveals: 

  • “Nannyology”: the truth about nannies, what they do, and how they think

  • How to identify your family’s needs using Gold’s step-by-step assessment and matching guide

  • Tips and scripts for interviews, reference checks, candidate trials and work agreements

  • How to achieve “constancy of care” so that your child never feels a strong loss in your absence

  • “Nanny Speak 1-2-3”: a parent to caregiver communication technique that gets results

  • Troubleshooting tactics to avoid drama, resolve problems and handle any family transition

  • Whether you have an occasional baby-sitter or a full-time nanny, this book is a must read for any parent who wants to create a safe, nurturing and happy experience for their child.